General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems successfully tested 81-mm freely discarded mine (Air-Dropped Guided Mortar, ADM) on the ground motionless target. Demonstration of manned flight to the target held in Ft. Sill, Oklahoma confirmed the ability of 81-mm mines ADM, curb new navigation kit and fuze to provide precision strike capability with tactical class unmanned aerial vehicles (TBPLA). ADM was thrown from TBPLA with the introduction of not so long ago developed by a pylon "Smart Rack" and the relief system, allowing placement voooruzheniya at least some platform TBPLA.
Developing managed 81-mm free blow mortar shell was developed in collaboration center for experimental research and development work on the development of the U.S. Army (ARDEC) at Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey. Center for Experimental Research and development work has developed and successfully tested sensors for the state of the environment fuse placed in the navigation set. Flight tests conducted at Ft. Sill, were built on previously conducted successful trials involving the free discharge 81-mm controlled mines during motivated flight demonstration held General Dynamics and ARDEC in Kingman, Arizona, in December 2008.
Designed to please the needs of the U.S. Army and Marine Corps forces frisky response, ADM uses existing provisions minutes, providing a relatively inexpensive, lightweight weapon system with proven properties. Patented by controlled rotation motionless plumage (Roll Controlled Fixed Canard, RCFC) complete with Innovative flight control and navigation system based on GPS, adds precision strike capability and existing mortars. Placed in the nose mines system Control replaces the existing mine fuses. It has been successfully tested in several mines caliber as freely dropped from an aircraft and mortars fired from the ordinary.
Used with conventional mortar system Guidance is a cheap approach to transformation of ordinary ammunition precision instrument that has been successfully demonstrated at Yuma Proving Ground on 120-mm controlled mine, known as the system control the rotation of the mortar munition (Roll Controlled Guided Mortar, RCGM). 120mm mine RCGM converted from the existing ammunition and detonators M934A1.
Addition to the translation. Regarding the price of the weapon. Classic mortar rounds cost about 50-100 bucks, and equipping them with a system RCFS would bring the cost up to 20 thousand dollars. They will be able to compete with many kinds of high-precision weapons, such as anti-tank systems Javelin (4 kilograms of explosive weight) and more than a large ATGM TOW (weight of 6 pounds of explosives). These complexes of expensive weapon (TOW — $ 25,000, Javelin — $ 75,000). In this regard, are still very popular AT4 rocket launchers with ammunition mass of 1 kilogram. At a distance of 100 meters and the least of these grenade launchers capable of accurately hitting targets, besides they are cheap ($ 2700). On arms are more affordable ($ 2000) LAW missile with a warhead weighing 1 kilogram. 81-mm mortar shell weighs around 4 kg, and its radius of destruction is 20 meters from the point of impact. Equipped system RCFS mine will weigh about 7 pounds. Significantly more massive tool is equipped with such a system 120mm mine. Usually, the mines of this caliber weigh about 16-pounds, 7 pounds of their explosive. Upgraded mine will weigh about 20 pounds and.